Femme Fatale

Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan. Candlewick Press, 2016. 9780763672331.

In Depression-era New York City, young Snow’s mother dies. Her heartbroken father marries a star from the Follies who promptly sends Snow to boarding school. When her father dies in suspicious circumstances, Snow returns. After discovering the majority of the estate will go to Snow, her stepmother becomes increasingly unhinged and Snow has to flee for her life.

This is less of a retelling of Snow White than a gorgeous remix of its ideas. The magic mirror is now a stock market ticker tape, the dwarves are a gang of homeless street kids, and the glass coffin is a beautiful department store window. The illustrations are gorgeous blacks, whites, and grays with a judicious use of color that really draws the eye, and each image has a wonderful sense of motion and character.

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